Shiraga Kazuo painting sold for over 1.7 million euro at Sotheby’s Hong Kong

Shiraga Kazuo, Saigō, 2000, oil on canvas, 182 x 259.4 cm. Lot nr. 1051 in Sotheby’s auction HK0535. Photo: Sotheby’s.

Shiraga Kazuo, Saigō, 2000, oil on canvas, 182 x 259.4 cm. Lot nr. 1051 in Sotheby’s auction HK0535. Photo: Sotheby’s.

On 5 and 6 October the Modern and Contemporary Asian art and the Contemporary Asian art auctions (respectively) were held at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. The majority of the Japanese artists sold were established names such Shiraga Kazuo (1924-2008), Kusama Yayoi (b. 1929), Murakami Takashi, Nara Yoshitomo and Nawa Kohei.

Shiraga Kazuo’s abstract foot painting Saigō (lot nr. 1051, dated 2000) sold for over 1.7 million euro at the 5 October auction.
Another work that did well and sold above the high estimate, was the 2013 painting Pumpkin (DFLO) by Kusama (lot nr. 1050, measuring 130.5 by 162.3 cm). It  was sold for almost a million euro, which was more than 1,5 times the high estimate.
Marianne, a joint work by Nara Yoshitomo and Sugito Hiroshi from 2004 (lot nr 1054), found a new owner for the sum of 517.351 euro.

In the 6 October auction again work from Kusama Yayoi was offered for auction, eight lots in total. All of them were sold and the pumpkin paintings among them realized prices that were twice the high estimate (selling for circa 83.000 euro and 61.000 euro). Kusama’s other works fetched prices that were more or less in between the low and high estimates.
Of Nara Yoshitomo’s seven works in this auction, the majority was sold above the high estimate. The highest bid was for the work Night cat (lot nr. 874 and dated 99) which sold for 283.306 euro.

Kusama Yayoi, Pumpkin (DFLO), 2013, acrylic on canvas, 130.5 x 162.3 cm. Lot nr. 1050 in Sotheby’s auction HK0535. Photo: Sotheby’s.

Kusama Yayoi, Pumpkin (DFLO), 2013, acrylic on canvas, 130.5 x 162.3 cm. Lot nr. 1050 in Sotheby’s auction HK0535. Photo: Sotheby’s.

There were unsold art works too. For example, Takano Aya’s two panel screen Noshi and megu fly in the sky (lot nr. 880 ) did not find a new owner. It was estimated at 71.903-154.077 euro.

For full sales results and descriptions of the art works listed above, see the Sotheby’s website under auction results.

More Japanese art will be coming up for auction in the next weeks through various auctions at Christies and Bonhams, amongst others during Asian Art in London which will take place from 30 October up to 8 November.